Descended from both Cowboys and Indians, Leslie Hill explores a heritage of villainy and heroism. The piece is essentially about humanness: where we come from, where we’re going and why we can’t seem to stop killing each other.
Leslie draws on current genetic research which links us all to a shared ancestry, inviting reflections on notions of ‘us’ and ‘them’, victims and perpetrators and migration and survival. This piece questioned concepts of ‘intelligence’ in a world where the principle undertaking of our time is the preparation for war.
“Global and philosophical, with great content, style and links. Hill surpasses herself.”Total Theatre Magazine, December 2004
Smoking Gun toured nationally and internationally as part of a ‘special relationship’ double bill with Family Hold Back by Helen Paris.
Supported by Arts Council England and a One to One Bursary from the Live Art Development Agency.